Google employees hold signs during a walkout to protest how the tech giant handled sexual misconduct in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 1,2018 The mass walkout was sparked by a recent New York Times report that claimed Google gave millions of dollars to some executives in secret exit packages after they were accused of sexual misconduct. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg

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Meredith Whittaker, an artificial intelligence researcher at Google, claims that Google is retaliating against her after she organised a walkout last November that was attended by 20,000 of her colleagues.

The walkout was arranged in response to Google’s treatment of sexual harassment incidents within the organisation. 

In a joint letter with YouTube marketing manager Claire Stapleton, which was shared internally with co-workers on Monday, Whittaker claims that Google has “a culture of retaliation”. The existence of the letter was first reported by Wired.

In a statement, a Google spokesperson said: “We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and investigate all allegations. Employees and teams are regularly and commonly given new assignments, or reorganized, to keep pace with evolving business needs. There has been no retaliation here.”

Referring to her own experience, Whittaker writes in the letter that Google told her that her role would be changing “dramatically” after it disbanded its external AI ethics council. She adds that the search giant has asked her to stop working on AI ethics and to abandon her work at New York University’s AI Now Institute, which she cofounded.

Whittaker said Google has done this so that she leaves. It’s a ploy to make her deeply unhappy so that she’d strongly consider quitting, Whittaker says.

Following the publication of the letter by Wired, Whittaker wrote on Twitter: “I’m so grateful for your support. I remain staunchly committed to my work . Google’s retaliation isn’t about me, or . It’s about silencing dissent & making us afraid to speak honestly about tech & power. NOT OK. Now more than ever, it’s time to speak up.”

HERE IS THE FULL LETTER, ACCORDING TO WIRED:

Hi all, This was a hard email to write.

Google is retaliating against several organizers.

We are among them and here is what’s happening to us:

Meredith

Just after Google announced that it would disband its AI ethics council, I was informed my role would be changed dramatically. I’m told that to remain at the company I will have to abandon my work on AI ethics and the AI Now Institute, which I cofounded, and which has been doing rigorous and recognized work on these topics. I have worked on issues of AI ethics and bias for years, and am one of the people who helped shape the field looking at these problems. I have also taken risks to push for a more ethical Google, even when this is less profitable or convenient.

Claire

After five years as a high performer in YouTube Marketing (and almost twelve at Google), two months after the Walkout, I was told that I would be demoted, that I’d lose half my reports, and that a project that was approved was no longer on the table. I escalated to HR and to my VP, which made things significantly worse. My manager started ignoring me, my work was given to other people, and I was told to go on medical leave, even though I’m not sick. Only after I hired a lawyer and had her contact Google did management conduct an investigation and walked back my demotion, at least on paper. While my work has been restored, the environment remains hostile and I consider quitting nearly every day.

Our stories aren’t the only ones. Google has a culture of retaliation, which too often works to silence women, people of color, and gender minorities. Retaliation isn’t always obvious. It’s often confusing and drawn out, consisting of icy conversations, gaslighting, project cancellations, transition rejections, or demotions. Behavior that tells someone the problem isn’t that they stood up to the company, it’s that they’re not good enough and don’t belong.

During the Walkout, we collected 350 stories. Reading them, a sad pattern emerges: People who stand up and report discrimination, abuse, and unethical conduct are punished, sidelined, and pushed out. Perpetrators often go unimpeded, or are even rewarded (Andy, Amit, “I reported, he got promoted”).

By punishing those who resist discrimination, harassment, and unethical decision making. Google permits these behaviors. This harms people inside the company, and communities outside who bear the brunt of Google’s bad choices. If we want to stop discrimination, harassment, and unethical decisionmaking, we need to end retaliation against the people who speak honestly about these problems.

We need to push back. Here are some next steps:

1. We will be hosting a Retaliation Town Hall to share our stories and strategize. When: Friday, April 26, 11am PT/2pm ET. Add the event to your calendar here. [The message included an internal link to a livestream of the meeting.]

2. If you’ve been retaliated against, please share your story. (If you shared your story with the Walkout form, feel free to reshare and help keep everything in one place.) The more we share with each other, the easier it will be to push back. Add yours.

Sincerely,

Meredith, Claire

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Google workers hold indications throughout a walkout to object how the tech giant managed sexual misbehavior in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 1,2018 The mass walkout was stimulated by a current New york city Times report that declared Google offered countless dollars to some executives in secret exit plans after they were implicated of sexual misbehavior. Professional Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg

© 2018 Bloomberg Financing LP

Meredith Whittaker, a synthetic intelligence scientist at Google, declares that Google is striking back versus her after she arranged a walkout last November that was participated in by20,000 of her coworkers.

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) In a declaration, a Google representative stated: “We restrict retaliation in the office and examine all claims. Workers and groups are frequently and frequently offered brand-new tasks, or restructured, to equal developing organisation requirements. There has actually been no retaliation here.”

Describing her own experience, Whittaker composes in the letter that Google informed her that her function would be altering “drastically” after it dissolved its external AI principles council. She includes that the search giant has actually asked her to quit working on AI principles and to desert her work at New york city University’s AI Now Institute, which she cofounded.

Whittaker stated Google has actually done this so that she leaves. It’s a tactic to make her deeply dissatisfied so that she ‘d s trongly think about stopping, Whittaker states.

Following the publication of the letter by Wired, Whittaker composed on Twitter: ” I’m so grateful for your assistance. I stay staunchly dedicated to my work Google’s retaliation isn’t about me, or It has to do with silencing dissent & making us scared to speak truthfully about tech & power. NOT OK. Now more than ever, it’s time to speak out.”

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(*************************** )HERE IS THE COMPLETE LETTER, ACCORDING TO WIRED :

Hi all,(******************************* ) This was a difficult e-mail to compose.

(***************************** ) Google is striking back versus a number of organizers.

We are amongst them and here is what’s taking place to us:

Meredith

Simply after Google revealed that it would dissolve its AI principles council, I was notified my function would be altered drastically. I’m informed that to stay at the business I will need to desert my deal with AI principles and the AI Now Institute, which I cofounded, and which has actually been doing strenuous and acknowledged deal with these subjects. I have actually dealt with concerns of AI principles and predisposition for several years, and are among individuals who assisted form the field taking a look at these issues. I have actually likewise taken threats to promote a more ethical Google, even when this is less lucrative or practical.

Claire

After 5 years as a high entertainer in YouTube Marketing (and practically twelve at Google), 2 months after the Walkout, I was informed that I would be benched, that I ‘d lose half my reports, which a task that was authorized was no longer on the table. I intensified to HR and to my VP, that made things substantially even worse. My supervisor began disregarding me, my work was provided to other individuals, and I was informed to go on medical leave, despite the fact that I’m not ill. Just after I employed a legal representative and had her contact Google did management perform an examination and strolled back my demotion, a minimum of on paper. While my work has actually been brought back, the environment stays hostile and I think about stopping almost every day.

Our stories aren’t the only ones. Google has a culture of retaliation, which frequently works to silence females, individuals of color, and gender minorities. Retaliation isn’t constantly apparent. It’s typically complicated and extracted, including icy discussions, gaslighting, job cancellations, shift rejections, or demotions. Habits that informs somebody the issue isn’t that they withstood the business, it’s that they’re unsatisfactory and do not belong.

Throughout the Walkout, we gathered 350 stories. Reading them, an unfortunate pattern emerges: Individuals who stand and report discrimination, abuse, and dishonest conduct are penalized, sidelined, and pressed out. Criminals typically go unobstructed, or are even rewarded (Andy, Amit, “I reported, he got promoted”).

By penalizing those who withstand discrimination, harassment, and dishonest choice making. Google allows these habits. This damages individuals inside the business, and neighborhoods outside who bear the impact of Google’s bad options. If we wish to stop discrimination, harassment, and dishonest decisionmaking, we require to end retaliation versus individuals who speak truthfully about these issues.

We require to press back. Here are some next actions:

1. We will be hosting a Retaliation City center to share our stories and plan. When: Friday, April 26, 11 am PT/2pm ET. Include the occasion to your calendar here. [The message included an internal link to a livestream of the meeting.]

2. If you have actually been struck back versus, please share your story. (If you shared your story with the Walkout type, do not hesitate to reshare and assist keep whatever in one location.) The more we show each other, the simpler it will be to press back. Include yours.

Genuinely,

Meredith, Claire

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Google workers hold indications throughout a walkout to object how the tech giant managed sexual misbehavior in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 1,2018 The mass walkout was stimulated by a current New york city Times report that declared Google offered countless dollars to some executives in secret exit plans after they were implicated of sexual misbehavior. Professional Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg

© 2018 Bloomberg Financing LP

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Meredith Whittaker, an expert system scientist at Google, declares that Google is striking back versus her after she arranged a walkout last November that was participated in by 20, 000 of her coworkers.

The walkout was set up in action to Google’s treatment of unwanted sexual advances occurrences within the organisation.

In a joint letter with YouTube marketing supervisor Claire Stapleton, which was shared internally with colleagues on Monday, Whittaker declares that Google has “a culture of retaliation”. The presence of the letter was very first reported by Wired

.

In a declaration, a Google representative stated: “We restrict retaliation in the office and examine all claims. Workers and groups are frequently and frequently offered brand-new tasks, or restructured, to equal developing organisation requirements. There has actually been no retaliation here.”

Describing her own experience, Whittaker composes in the letter that Google informed her that her function would be altering “drastically” after it dissolved its external AI principles council. She includes that the search giant has actually asked her to quit working on AI principles and to desert her work at New york city University’s AI Now Institute, which she cofounded.

Whittaker stated Google has actually done this so that she leaves. It’s a tactic to make her deeply dissatisfied so that she ‘d s trongly think about stopping, Whittaker states.

Following the publication of the letter by Wired, Whittaker composed on Twitter: “I’m so grateful for your assistance. I stay staunchly dedicated to my work Google’s retaliation isn’t about me, or It has to do with silencing dissent & making us scared to speak truthfully about tech & power. NOT OK. Now more than ever, it’s time to speak out.”

HERE IS THE COMPLETE LETTER, ACCORDING TO WIRED :

Hi all, This was a difficult e-mail to compose.

Google is striking back versus a number of organizers.

We are amongst them and here is what’s taking place to us:

Meredith

Simply after Google revealed that it would dissolve its AI principles council, I was notified my function would be altered drastically. I’m informed that to stay at the business I will need to desert my deal with AI principles and the AI Now Institute, which I cofounded, and which has actually been doing strenuous and acknowledged deal with these subjects. I have actually dealt with concerns of AI principles and predisposition for several years, and are among individuals who assisted form the field taking a look at these issues. I have actually likewise taken threats to promote a more ethical Google, even when this is less lucrative or practical.

Claire

After 5 years as a high entertainer in YouTube Marketing (and practically twelve at Google), 2 months after the Walkout, I was informed that I would be benched, that I ‘d lose half my reports, which a task that was authorized was no longer on the table. I intensified to HR and to my VP, that made things substantially even worse. My supervisor began disregarding me, my work was provided to other individuals, and I was informed to go on medical leave, despite the fact that I’m not ill. Just after I employed a legal representative and had her contact Google did management perform an examination and strolled back my demotion, a minimum of on paper. While my work has actually been brought back, the environment stays hostile and I think about stopping almost every day.

Our stories aren’t the only ones. Google has a culture of retaliation, which frequently works to silence females, individuals of color, and gender minorities. Retaliation isn’t constantly apparent. It’s typically complicated and extracted, including icy discussions, gaslighting, job cancellations, shift rejections, or demotions. Habits that informs somebody the issue isn’t that they withstood the business, it’s that they’re unsatisfactory and do not belong.

Throughout the Walkout, we gathered 350 stories. Reading them, an unfortunate pattern emerges: Individuals who stand and report discrimination, abuse, and dishonest conduct are penalized, sidelined, and pressed out. Criminals typically go unobstructed, or are even rewarded (Andy, Amit, “I reported, he got promoted”).

By penalizing those who withstand discrimination, harassment, and dishonest choice making. Google allows these habits. This damages individuals inside the business, and neighborhoods outside who bear the impact of Google’s bad options. If we wish to stop discrimination, harassment, and dishonest decisionmaking, we require to end retaliation versus individuals who speak truthfully about these issues.

We require to press back. Here are some next actions:

1. We will be hosting a Retaliation City center to share our stories and plan. When: Friday, April 26, 11 am PT/2pm ET. Include the occasion to your calendar here. [The message included an internal link to a livestream of the meeting.]

2. If you have actually been struck back versus, please share your story. (If you shared your story with the Walkout type, do not hesitate to reshare and assist keep whatever in one location.) The more we show each other, the simpler it will be to press back. Include yours.

Genuinely,

Meredith, Claire

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